NAC Grant Application
Artist = Jake Peck 4/20/15
This project is of “ready-made materials”, some man made and others made by nature itself. Through this project I want to engage the viewer on the topic of technology and nature. Today we see cell phone/receiver towers “dressed” up as trees in efforts to disguise and blend into natural habitats. I want to take this concept and speak to its absurdity and question where is the line between nature and technology, if there is one.
Authorizing Official Name: Jake Peck
Authorizing Official Address: 4529 Chicaroo St. Reno, NV 89511
Primary Contact Name: Jake Peck
· Primary Contact Address 4529 Chicaroo St. Reno, NV 89511
· Primary Contact Phone 775-789-2964
· Primary Contact Email email@example.com
· Applicant Status artist
· · Grantee Race white
· · Type of Activity mixed media
· · Discipline electronic sculpture
This projects projected location of display is gallery space as well as a select location in Tahoe for a limited, one night, showing and photograph shoot. The project concists of twenty logs that have lights wired to the logs. The lighting houses will be older style lights from a possible era of 50s, to speak to the industrial boom of America at the time. The lights will be connected to an arduino to control the on and off technicalities of the lights. The arduino will be set to a random pattern to speak to the randomness of nature while the electronics will be fully visable to the viewer to speak to the deep roots electronics have in our human existence. The funding for the project provided by NAC will purchase all electronics such as specific lights to arduinos to wiring and antique light housings.
Our community needs open dialogue surrounding the topic of nature and technology and where the line is drawn between the two, if it is at all. And what the two have in relation to each other or how they harm one another. Too often we use technology for human gain and disregaurd nature, harming animals and habitats for human needs and desires and we rarely see the effects of our distruction through technology. With technology being so advanced we have the ability to use for good or bad and openly talking about the subject would not only raise awareness of the matter but discussion.
Target audience for this project is all, young and old. This topic effects all humans and has no prejudices, for we all live on this planet and if the age of technology takes over without control then are we to see the likes of “Matrix” become our reality? Too much of a good thing is not good and just as harmful as a bad thing. Technology has so many benefits to our community and human race but it is easy to get out of control and the major logging industry has only advanced so far due to its technology.
As a professional artist I feel my knowledge is deeply rooted in this field because I study in the field of agriculture and rely heavily upon technology in order to advance in my work but also at times feel guilty due to my practices of disturbance and waste. Also I’ve worked with a fracking company to learn more of the process, and although I value the outcome, the process is damaging as well the after effects. These experiences has opened my eyes to what we as humans might have wrong in terms of how to treat this earth in relationship with technology. We have advanced so far in the field of technology but I feel we do little with it to benefit nature. With my knowledge in sculpture and electronics, I feel I am able to produce work that will be visually inviting to the viewer, making them ask questions to a piece they become visually interested in.
My project deserves public funding because it serves direct purpose to the public, to open dialougue among our community as well with other cultures. The topic of nature and technology has become nature vs technology and its up to the masses to keep order and bring balance within our race of humans.
I would like to hold an open press conference to bring knowledge to my project and give dates and locations for viewing. A photo shoot of my project is part of my concept too, in order to sell the project to other galleries for viewing in other regions all over the country. The ironic part to the project is I will be using social media technology in order to promote my project to engage viewership and excitement of my project, to spread word and gain attendance.
In order to evaluate the impact of my project I will have surveys at the exit of the gallery, asking individuals for their feedback about the project and what they thought of the project and what they got out of the experience. My goals to open dialogue will be determined if my project engages public discussion of the topic nature and technology, wether it be through local news or just social media sites, that will have to be determined in the process.
- Arduino Uno Kits (x20) = $500
- Wiring = $200
- Relays = $150
- Prepaired logs = $400
- Extras = $200
NAC Grant Request: $1,000.00 of $1,450.00